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U.S. Soccer Wire - February 5, 2007


BRADLEY NAMES ROSTER FOR CLASH AGAINST MEXICO ON WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7;
U.S. WNT DEFEATS CHINA, WINS FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT

BRADLEY NAMES 20-MAN ROSTER FOR MEXICO MATCH: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley named the 20 players that will suit up against regional rival Mexico on Feb. 7 (tickets) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The domestic-based group headed out to Phoenix this Sunday (Feb. 4), where they were joined by the European-based players. The match will be part of a two-and-half-hour broadcast window on both ESPN2 and Univision beginning at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET), with kickoff slated for 7:25 p.m. MT (9:25 p.m. ET). In addition to the ESPN2 and Univision coverage, the game can also be followed on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and is available on the Futbol de Primera radio network. The match on Feb. 7 will mark the 52nd meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has dominated the series of late, collecting a 6-0-1 home record against Mexico since 2000. In the team’s last meeting, the U.S. used a 2-0 victory on Sept. 3, 2005, in Columbus, Ohio, to become the first team in CONCACAF to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. (U.S. vs. Mexico - By the Numbers) After the match against Mexico, the U.S. will take on Ecuador (tickets) on March 25 in Tampa, Fla., and Guatemala (tickets) on March 28 in Frisco, Texas.

U.S. MNT ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Joe Cannon (Los Angeles Galaxy), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Bryan Namoff (D.C. United), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Joshua Gros (D.C. United), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)


U.S. WNT CLINCHES FOUR NATIONS TITLE WITH 2-0 WIN AGAINST CHINA: After tying their first two matches of the Four Nations Tournament, the U.S. Women's National Team used a 2-0 win against China in the final match, combined with Germany's scoreless draw with England earlier in the day, to bring home their fifth Four Nations Tournament championship on Tuesday (Jan. 30). Midfielder Lori Chalupny and forward Natasha Kai scored against China, leading the team to their fifth Four Nations title in six trips to the prestigous tournament. The win came after opening the tournament with a scoreless draw against Germany and a 1-1 tie with England. WNT head coach Greg Ryan, who remains undefeated as head coach of the USA at 27-0-7, was named Best Coach of the tournament and Hope Solo picked up the Best Goalkeeper award. The USA will return home for a two-weak break before coming together in mid-February for a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. In late February, the USA will leave for the annual Algarve Cup in southern Portugal, this year being staged from March 7-14.

2007 Four Nations Tournament Schedule
Date        Matchup
Jan. 26   China 2, England 0
Jan. 26   USA 0, Germany 0
Jan. 28   China 0, Germany 0
Jan. 28   USA 1, England 1
Jan. 30   Germany 0, England 0
Jan. 30   USA 2, China 0

U.S. WNT TO FACE MEXICO IN 2007 DOMESTIC OPENER: Mexico will be the opponent for the U.S. Women’s National Team in its previously announced 2007 domestic opener on April 14 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The match will serve as the opening game of a doubleheader also featuring the hometown New England Revolution against Major League Soccer’s newest team, Toronto FC. Kickoff for the U.S. match will be at 5 p.m. ET followed by the MLS contest at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans will be able to follow the U.S. WNT game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Tickets for the two-game package start at $32 and go on sale beginning Thursday, February 15, at 10 a.m. ET online at ussoccer.com, all Massachusetts Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s and FYE Stores), the Gillette Stadium Box Office (Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and by phone at 1-866-448-7849 or 1-617-931-2222. Groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets at discounted prices by calling the New England Revolution at 1-877-GET-REVS (438-7387). The U.S. women will be playing their first match in the Boston area since the historic 1-0 win against Norway on October 1, 2003, during the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium. Abby Wambach scored the USA’s goal on a header in front of more than 20,000 fans. The Mexico match will be the first of at least six domestic matches for the USA leading into the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA came out of a difficult group to win the Four Nations Tournament in China in January, and next will travel to Portugal for the Algarve Cup in March.

– YOUTH NATIONAL TEAMS UPDATE –

HACKWORTH NAMES 40-PLAYER RESIDENCY ROSTER: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has named the 40-player roster for the ninth year of U.S. Soccer’s full-time Residency Program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The 40-player roster consists mainly of players born in 1990 and 1991, with new resident Charles Renken (St. Louis, Mo.), born in 1993, the youngest player in Residency. On the overall roster, the majority of the players (25) were born in 1990 and will be vying for a spot on the U.S. Roster for the 2007 CONCACAF Under-17 Final Round Qualifying Tournament. The U.S. is in Group B, which will be held in Kingston, Jamaica, from April 21-29, along with Canada, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago and the hosts. The U.S. is the only country that has qualified for all 11 previous FIFA U-17 World Cups (formerly FIFA U-17 World Championship). The 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup will take place in South Korea from Aug. 18-Sept. 9. Started in 1999, the U.S. Soccer full-time Residency Program has become a symbol of U.S. Soccer’s dedication to producing development opportunities for players and the success of the Youth National Teams. The 40 U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and train in the morning under the guidance of Hackworth and assistant coaches Raul Diaz Arce, Keith Fulk, Brian Maisonneuve and Tim Mulqueen. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at Edison Academy. Since its inception, 170 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 60 of those players have moved on to Major League Soccer, or the professional leagues in Europe.

U.S. U-17 MNT Residency Program – Spring ‘07 Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Larry Jackson (East Palo Alto, Calif.), Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), David Meves (Arlington Heights, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (9): Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Brice Carr (Mequon, Wis.), Chris Klute (Grand Prairie, Texas), Christian Ibeagha (Edmond, Okla.), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Howard Turk (Fairfax, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (16): Eder Arreolo (Chino Hills, Calif.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Chris Cummings (Chatsworth, Calif.), Alex Dixon (Humble, Texas), Greg Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Ryan Gracia (Rockville, Md.), Brendan King (Naperville, Ill.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Axel Levry (Fort Washington, Md.), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Jesse Paredes (Los Angeles, Calif.), Dane Shea (College Station, Texas), Kirk Urso (Lombard, Ill.), Matthew Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.)
FORWARDS (11): Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Jose Altamirano (San Diego, Calif.), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Ryan Finley (Lumberton, N.J.), Abdus Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Alex Nimo (Portland, Ore.), Charles Renken (Edwardsville, Ill.), Israel Sesay (Gaithersburg, Md.), Billy Schuler (Allentown, N.J.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.)


U-18 MNT COMPETE IN COPA CHIVAS: The U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, to compete in the 14th Copa Chivas tournament. The U-18 men dropped their first match of the tournament, 2-0, to Atlas, follwed by consecutive 2-0 losses to Estudiantes de la Plata and Necaxa. The U.S. will wrap up the tournament with matches against Saprissa and Santos.

U-18 MNT Schedule – 2007 Copa Chivas
Date      Opponent                            Result
Feb. 3   Atlas                                     0-2 L
Feb. 4   Estudiantes de la Plata    0-2 L
Feb. 5   Necaxa (morning)             0-2 W
Feb. 5   Saprissa (evening)
Feb. 6   Santos

U.S. U-20 WOMEN KICK OF NEW CYCLE AT HDC: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team’s head coach Jillian Ellis is conducting her first training camp of the new cycle, running from Feb. 4-11 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. This will be the first U-20 training camp for Ellis, who previously coached the U.S. Under-21 Women, but also for this group of players, all of whom were born on or after January 1, 1988. The end-goal will be to represent the USA at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Chile, with dates and venues to be determined. The USA has gone two straight FIFA youth world championships without a title after winning the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in 2002. The U.S. U-19s finished third in Thailand in 2004 and fourth in Russia in 2006. The U-20s will play their first international matches of this cycle on a trip to Mexico from Feb. 18-23, facing the full Mexican Women’s National Team in two games. The Mexicans are in preparation for huge Women’s World Cup qualifying playoff matches against Japan in March, with the winner of that two-game series earning the last berth to China for the FIFA Women’s World Cup next September.

UNITED STATES UNDER-20 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kristin Arnold (Texas A & M), Wendy Balogun (Bowie, Md.), Chantel Jones (Virginia), Lauren Mann (Harvard)
DEFENDERS (7): Brianna Bak (California), Lydia Cook (UCLA), Kelly Eagan (Villanova), Nicole Ketchum (Texas A&M), Meghan Klingenberg (Gibsonia, Pa.), Julie Lancos (Belford, N.J.), Carly Peetz (Nebraska)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Gina Demaio (Rutgers), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Sinead Farrelly (Havertown, Pa.), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Kristin Stannard (Stanford), Kylie Wright (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Kristy Zurmuhlen (Walpole, N.H.)
FORWARDS (8): Emily Beans (Colorado College), Kendra Chandhoke (Portland), Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Elli Reed (Park City, Utah), Katie Schoepfer (Penn State)

22 OF THE 24 FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP FINALISTS SET: Only the top two qualifiers from Group B of CONCACAF Final Round qualifying have yet to book their spot at the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada. Mexico, Costa Rica, St. Kitts and Nevis and Jamaica will face each other on Feb. 21-25 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, on the west coast of Mexico, to determine the final two entries into the prestigious event. The latest round of qualifying saw Nigeria and Zambia join Congo and Gambia in qualifying from Africa on Jan. 27, with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile all qualifying from South America just one day later. The U.S. and Panama qualified for the tournament on Jan. 21 after finishing first and second, respectively, in Group A of CONCACAF Final Round qualifying.

FIFA U-20 World Cup Qualified Teams
Host
Canada

Asian Football Confederation
Korea DPR
Japan
Korea Republic
Jordan

African Football Confederation
Gambia
Congo
Zambia
Nigeria

CONCACAF (4)
USA
Panama

CONMEBOL (4)
Brazil
Argentina
Uruguay
Chile

Oceania Football Confederation (1)
New Zealand

UEFA (6)
Spain
Scotland
Czech Rep
Austria
Poland
Portugal

U-23 MNT TO MEET UP FOR FIRST TIME AT HDC BEFORE HEADING TO JAPAN: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National will get together for the first time next week at The Home Depot Center as they begin their journey towards the 2008 Olympics in China. Head coach Bob Bradley’s squad will train at the HDC from Feb. 10-16 before leaving for Japan where they are scheduled to play a couple matches against Japan and a J-League team during the weeklong trip. A full roster for the camp will be available in the upcoming weeks at ussoccer.com.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

MORE THAN 100 REFEREES PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL REFEREE CERTIFICATION CAMP: The second U.S. Soccer National Certification and Recertification Seminar of the year took place at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. More than 100 current U.S. National Referees and National Referee candidates attended the camp, which kicked off on Thursday (Feb. 1) and wrapped up on Sunday (Feb. 4). The referees were put through a series of physical and practical tests in order to maintain or earn their National Referee status. Also in attendance were four Canadian Referee Assessors and 12 Canadian referees who will be working MLS matches this season with the addition of MLS expansion club Toronto FC. The first Certification and Recertification Seminar took place Jan. 18-21, with more than 130 referees participating in the event.

HOST THE JR. OLYMPIC SKILLS COMPETITION IN YOUR COMMUNITY: U.S. Soccer and the United States Olympic Committee invite you to host the soccer portion of the Jr. Olympic Skills Competition. This is the second year of the program, and in its inaugural year in 2006 the program drew more than 1.5 million participants (of which 25 percent were soccer participants). The program is designed to provide 8 to 13-year-old boys and girls in your community with an opportunity to get involved in a soccer skills competition. For more information contact the Jr. Olympic Skills National Headquarters at joskills@usoc.org.

2007 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP STRUCTURE FINALIZED: A total of 40 teams, including 24 professional and 16 amateur clubs, will compete in the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when it kicks off in June for the 94th consecutive year. Due to the busy summer soccer schedule for both professional clubs and the U.S. National Teams, the number of Major League Soccer teams that will enter the tournament proper has been reduced to eight teams. However, every U.S.-based MLS squad will participate in the tournament either in qualifying rounds or in the tournament proper. The United Soccer Leagues First Division will have 10 teams participating in 2007, up from eight in 2006. Qualifying for the first round of the tournament is slated to be completed by May 28. The defending champion Chicago Fire and the other seven MLS teams enter the tournament on July 10 in the third round. The quarterfinals will be played on Aug. 7, the semifinals will be played on Sept. 4, and the final will be played on Oct. 2. In a change from recent years, the fixture dates in 2007 have been scheduled for Tuesday instead of Wednesday.

2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Schedule
May 28 - Qualifying Deadline
May 29 - First Round Pairings Announced
June 12 - First Round (All 32 lower division teams enter tournament)
June 26 - Second Round (Round 1 winners face off)
July 10 - Third Round (Round 2 winners face eight MLS teams)
Aug. 7 - Quarterfinals (Round 3 winners)
Sept. 4 - Semifinals (Quarterfinal winners)
Oct. 2 - Final (Semifinal winners)

Composition of participating teams:
8 - Major League Soccer
10 - United Soccer Leagues First Division
6 - United Soccer Leagues Second Division
16 - Amateur (8 USL Premier Development League, 8 USASA regional qualifiers)
Total Number of Teams: 40
Total Number of Games: 39

*** “CENTER CIRCLE” SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: Maybe you’re tired of reading about how Brian McBride is basically kicking butt and taking names with Fulham, but we can’t stop talking about him as long as he keeps it up. He kept his goal-scoring tear going on Saturday (Feb. 3), with a game-winning strike in a 2-1 win against Newcastle. After scoring last week in Fulham’s 3-0 FA Cup win against Stoke City, McBride has four goals in his last six games. He also has seven goals in his last 14 games, in all competitions, and 10 overall for the season.

SOCCER SHOCKER: Winning the 2007 Four Nations Tournament in China with such a young squad was a big stepping stone for WNT head coach Greg Ryan, and the Women’s National Team program in general. The U.S. prepared their young guns for some fierce competition, that included China, England and No. 1 ranked Germany, all Women’s World Cup-bound opponents. What the U.S. wasn’t expecting to see was a six-game tournament that featured four ties, and three of those ties were scoreless draws involving Germany. Sure, Germany also took a young squad to the tournament, but three 0-0 ties from the top ranked team in the world is certainly shocking.

MARQUEE MATCHUP: U.S. MNT head coach Bob Bradley has one game under his belt and is now preparing the squad for their second game since the 2006 FIFA World Cup, against their fiercest rival, no less. The U.S. MNT will take on Mexico in former San Diego Sockers and Dallas Burn star Hugo Sanchez’s debut as head coach of the Tricolor, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. MT. Fans can catch the action live on ESPN2 and Univision, online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or on the radio on the Futbol de Primera radio network.

QUOTABLE: “Anytime you beat Mexico it feels as good as winning a qualifier. I think it’s because of what Mexico has done on the international stage, and the fact that we’re rivals and we’re neighbors. It’s about who is going to show up – Mexico or the U.S. I think we take great pride in the challenge as Americans to beat one of our biggest rivals any chance we get. We’ve done that quite a bit in the last few years, and hope to keep building on that.”

-- U.S. MNT midfielder Pablo Mastroeni in ussoccer.com’s ‘Center Circle’ about playing Mexico in international friendlies.

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